Heroin dealer sent to prison

Convicted baby-shaker has lengthy history of recent drug convictions.
Cary Ashby
Feb 5, 2013

A rural Norwalk man with a lengthy history of recent drug convictions was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for selling .04 grams of heroin to a confidential informant.

Daniel L. Skodny, 29, of 4281 Laylin Road, received the maximum time -- part of a joint recommendation between prosecutors and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

Skodny pleaded guilty Monday to one count of trafficking in heroin for a Nov. 10 incident. The Norwalk Police Department coordinated the controlled drug buy.

As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss a second trafficking charge in connection with a Nov. 11 buy. Also, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the state agreed not to pursue a probation violation from another felony case. Skodny already had been on probation for dealing cocaine when he was indicted in December on the heroin charges, both fifth-degree felonies.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway asked Skodny about his drug addiction.

"I'm addicted to heroin. I have been for years," said the defendant, who has a "couple grams a day" habit.

Skodny, who has been in jail since Dec. 7, will have that time credited toward his prison term. He also must pay $80 in restitution to cover the cost of drug testing.

The defendant could have his sentence reduced by 20 percent if he successfully completes the drug treatment program while in prison.

In early October 2011, Skodny was ordered to spend up to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. He is on three years of probation for a cocaine trafficking conviction through Huron County Common Pleas Court.

When being sentenced for selling cocaine, Skodny told Judge Jim Conway that he didn't want "anything to do with anybody who has anything to do with drugs" and claimed "I did what I did to support my kids," referring to his children, who were then 4 and 6. "I've gotten away from drugs," he added.

Skodny earned notoriety for a highly-publicized shaken-baby case from several years ago. He pleaded no contest to attempted child endangering in exchange for prosecutors dropping the more serious felony charges of felonious assault and child endangering. Skodny was sentenced to one year of probation with no jail time.

Comments

swiss family

why do they feel the need to do any kind of "reducing charges" against this guy.. he was on probation already for an already reduced crime, and still after all of those breaks, he is NOT appreciative enough to at least try to stay out of trouble... I also do not think it is right to credit any of these losers to time already served.. if I read it right he was sentenced to PRISON... sitting in the county jail is not the same, and should NOT be credited for anyone who repeatedly can not obey the law.

twinmomma2012

But it is the law it has to be credited. Not disagreeing he is a complete loser! And he is also a well know snitch in Norwalk that's how he gets out of it! He is one of those ppl u lock up and toss the key cause he is never going to change! But good ol Norwalk will let him snitch so now charges are reduced and this piece of shit will be right back out before we know it! Huron country and their wonderful judicial system, gotta love it!

Whiskey Tango F...

A whole year! That'll scare him straight! Wow everyday i lose a little more faith in the system. Can someone remind me again why we work, pay taxes, and don't break the law? It's clearly not because of the long arm of the law with an iron fisted judge!

Commenter

I agree 100%!

yea right

i think that any big drug user/dealer should be sterlized..that way they can not reproduce new dealers/users..

whopper2011

I think they should tell his fellow inmates that he abused and hurt a kid, then let them deal with him.

ROFLMAO

News spreads very fast within the PENAL system. They will know- the guards tell the trustees, and the trustees tell the other inmates.

Brock Lee

buba will take care of it

Commenter

I think we need stricter laws for drug abuse charges. 1 year?

Simple Enough II

To bad a shipment of Heroin cut with Fentynal like it was a couple of years ago didn't show up, solve a lot of issues real fast, no plea deal with that when it hits ya.

swiss family

our Justice in Huron county is deplorable, and seems to be "questionable at best... if you are as tired of all of the Plea Bargains, and all of the repeat offenders getting such a deplorable and insultingly light sentence by our local county officials > would suggest that you contact ....ohioattorneygeneral.gov... it is our Attorney Generals office in Ohio... or you can call his office Monday through Friday 8:00 am-7:00 pm at... 1-800-282-0515... please leave all complaints with them, and demand that someone look into what is being passed off as Justice in Huron county.. It will never change until we get tired of the offenders laughing at us, as if there is nothing we can do about them NOT doing their jobs correctly.. the more complaints they get the more apt they are to investigate. If you don't complain although you are as disgusted as everyone else, then you deserve the Justice system that we have...in my opinion